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Happy 54th Anniversary, Simcoe County Archives

​​​Blog originally posted November 20, 2020​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Front entrance, Simcoe County Archives

​Front entrance, Simcoe County Archives. Copyright: S.C. Archives

​​The Simcoe Co​unty Archives officially opened November 22, 1966. While the building is closed to the public because of the COVID-19 Pandemic​ staff member​s are working remotely to uphold the Archives' mission:

To​ collect, preserve, and m​​​ake available the ​public and private documentary heritage of Simcoe County.​​​​

What Does the Archives Collect?

We hold ​transfers of public archival records from​:County of ​​Simcoe Records

  The County of Simcoe

  All 16 current lower-tier municipalities 

  The City of Barrie​

​​  More than 30 former lower-tier    municipalities

County of ​​Simcoe Reco​​​​​​rds. Copyright: S.C. Archives

​​​We collect private materials​ that document Simcoe County's:​​​Norman D. Clarke​​ collection

  ​​​Individuals & Families​

  Groups & Organizations

  Businesses & Industries

  Hamlets & Villages​

  Towns, Townships, & Cities​​​

​​​​Norman D. Clarke​ collection. Copyright: S.C. Archives​

​We accept records and inf​ormation found ​on,​​​ and in, a variety of formats​:Plan of the ​Town of Angus, 1857

  Architectural drawings

  Audio tapes​

  Film & video ​tapes     

  Local & family histories

  Maps & plans      

  Photographs, slides, & ​negatives

  Textual records​

Plan of the Town of Angus, 1857. Copyright: Public Domain

​​​How Does the Archives Preserve Rec​​​ords?

​We have buildng systems​ in place to maintain industry standards for​:Mechanical Room, Simcoe County Archives

​ ​ Temperature

  Relative Humidity

  Air Quality

Mechanical Room, Simcoe County Archives. Co​​pyright: S.C. Archives

We microfilm some records to better preserve the information they contain:South Simcoe News & North York Messenger,​ 15 January 1891

  Local newspapers (1847-present)

  Municipal By-Laws​

  Municipal Tax Rolls

  Tweedsmuir Histories created by local    branches of the Women's Institute

South Simcoe News & North York Messenger,​ 15 January 1891. Copyright: Public Domain

We re-format records which are stored on a medium that may become obsolete, or to make them easier to access:​​​Microfilm scanner and workstation

  Audio​cassette tapes


  Videocassette tapes​​

  Electronic storage devices

​Microfilm scanner and workstation. Copyright: S.C. Archives​


​We look forw​ard to the day when the Archives​ re-opens to the public and you can once again access records in our Reading Room. In the meantime:Reading Room, Simcoe County ​Arc​​hives

  Search the Archives' Collections

  ​Search Simcoe County Reme​mbers

  Check out the Archives' Blog

  Visit the Archives' On-line exhibits​

  Send an e-mail: archives@simcoe.ca

​​​Reading Room, Simcoe County ​Arc​​hives. Copyright: S.C. Archives